Charlize Theron is a South African-born movie star, noted for her versatility, stunning beauty, and incredible Oscar-winning performance as a real-life serial killer in Monster (2003).
Theron grew up on a farm, but as a teenager she realized that her biggest dream was to appear on screen. She took a major leap and left for Europe to pursue a career in modeling, but found she loved acting a lot more and moved to the United States to give it a try.
Theron’s childhood holds some tragic memories. At the age of 15, Theron watched as her mother shot and killed her abusive alcoholic father in self-defense. Her mother wasn’t charged with a crime and Charlize didn’t let that moment hold her back.
Instead, she became an independent woman who knows what she wants from life and people around her. She is tough but has a kind soul. Theron is widely known as a philanthropist and her role in affecting change in Africa.
In 2007, she launched the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), an organization that seeks to help eradicate the spread of HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In 2008, she was named one of the United Nations Messenger of Peace.
Here are 16 Charlize Theron quotes that prove there’s beauty in darkness: